Those thanks that we share do make the hard days easier, but there is no reason for them to only to occur during teacher appreciation week. Educators should and can be acknowledged and appreciated every day school is in session.
When you're interviewing for a new job, remember that leaders are watching everything. Make sure to dress professionally but sensibly. Come prepared and ask a lot of questions. Be visible. Move around a lot and try not to sit for the period. Make sure to show what you know about differentiation and be intentional about how and what you are doing with the students. Be transparent. Don't forget to write a quick thank you for the opportunity.
So leaders, if you get a chance, go into a classroom, not because you're doing walkthroughs or because you have something to say, but just for the sheer joy of watching students learn and observe their interactions with their peers and their teachers. It will give you a lift.
Looking back on the experience now, I'm glad I was able to provide them an authentic opportunity to collaborate and I could facilitate their getting the work done. There is nothing I like more as a facilitator than watching a healthy team work together toward a common goal and then achieving the goal with a product that will make their lives easier. That's really what it is all about.
School librarians are vital to student learning as early as kindergarten. The exposure alone to books and experiencing the atmosphere young can really set up a positive connection to learning in all forms.
Ultimately, when you meet an educator, you want them to be excited about the work they do. Teaching is such an amazing profession and there is always something to learn.
No two people can fit into the same boxes in a multiple choice test and by using these methods of assessment, we are reducing children and young adults to quantifiable measures for efficiency and ease.
As I continue to reflect on my experiences this year, I will look deeply into my learning growth and challenges to set meaningful goals for the future and try not to be too hard on myself when things don't go my way the first time.
The work of school leadership like the work of classroom educators is nuanced and more complicated than it seems from the outside—I can truly appreciate that now from both sides.
Read as guest blogger Aric Foster shares why we should retain our passion for learning without holding on to practices that we are just comfortable with. Too often, they aren't serving the right purpose anymore, so we owe it to ourselves and our students to make some changes.